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Photo Coverage: Zak Resnick, Teal Wicks, Leslie Kritzer & PIECE OF MY HEART Cast Celebrate Opening Night!

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns, produced by Merged Work Productions (lead producers) and Jack Thomas (Executive Producer), opened last night, July 21, 2014, at the The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. BroadwayWorld was there for the festivities and you can check out photo coverage below!

The full cast of Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story includes Zak Resnick as Bert Berns, Drama Desk Award nominee Leslie Kritzer as Jessie, Theatre World Award-winner Linda Hart as Mom, Joseph Siravo as Wazzel, Tony Award nominee de'Adre Aziza as Candace, Derrick Baskin as Hoagy, and Teal Wicks as Ilene, Bryan Fenkart as Young Wazzel, with an ensemble that includes Carleigh Bettiol, Teresa Gattison, Shonica Gooden, Sydney James Harcourt, Jessica McRoberts, Ralph Meitzler, Harris Milgrim, Michael Millan,Heather Parcells, Gabrielle Ruiz, Amos Wolff, and Mark Zeisler.

Featuring a performing cast of sixteen and a band of eight, Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story has a book by Daniel Goldfarb, with direction and choreography by Denis Jones. The musical's creative team also includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design),Ben Stanton (Lighting Design), Carl Casella (Sound Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair and Wig Design), Garry Sherman (Music Supervision, Orchestrations & Arrangements), Lon Hoyt (Music Direction) and Telsey + Co. (Casting).

Bert Berns, whose life is also the subject of the just-released book Here Comes the Night, was born in New York in 1929 and died tragically of a heart attack at just 38 years of age. But in his short career, Berns left an indelible mark on popular music; he made fifty-one pop chart singles in seven years and became one of the most successful songwriters of the 1960s. Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story tells his remarkable story, once dubbed by Rolling Stone "one of the great untold stories of rock and roll," through his hit songs, which include "Twist and Shout," "Tell Him," "I Want Candy," "Hang On Sloopy," "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," and many more.

Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi (follow her on Twitter @LenziLinda)

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Welcome to the opening night party!

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Zak Resnick

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Zak Resnick

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Teal Wicks

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Teal Wicks

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
D'Adre Aziza

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
D'Adre Aziza

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Derrick Baskin

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Derrick Baskin

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Bryan Fenkart

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Bryan Fenkart

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Ralph Meitzler

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Ralph Meitzler

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Harris Milgrim

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Harris Milgrim

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Leslie Kritzer

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Leslie Kritzer

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Joseph Siravo

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Joseph Siravo

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Linda Hart

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Linda Hart

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Michael Millan and Jay Armstrong Johnson

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Sterling Masters, Heather Parcells and Jessica McRoberts

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Sterling Masters, Heather Parcells and Jessica McRoberts

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Sydney James Harcourt

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Sydney James Harcourt

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Daniel Goldfarb

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Denis Jones

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Gary Sherman

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Mark Zeisler

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Paul Shaffer

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Teal Wicks and Zak Resnick

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Teal Wicks and Zak Resnick

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Leslie Kritzer and Linda Hart

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Leslie Kritzer and Linda Hart

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Teresa Gattison

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Teresa Gattison

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Zak Resnick and Carleigh Bettiol

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Zak Resnick and Carleigh Bettiol

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Gabrielle Ruiz and Carleigh Bettiol

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Gabrielle Ruiz and Carleigh Bettiol

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Cassandra Berns and Brett Berns

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Cassandra Berns and Brett Berns

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Jack Thomas, Cassandra Berns and Brett Berns

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Cassandra Berns, Zak Resnick and Brett Berns

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Cassandra Berns, Zak Resnick and Brett Berns

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Gabrielle Ruiz and Ruben Flores

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Richie Ridge and Zak Resnick

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story



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